After CABG, when is it okay to resume sexual activity?  How many METs is that considered to be?


Sexual activity increases cardiac demand about the same amount as walking up two flights of steps.  Therefore, once a patient is tolerating 2 flights of steps, you can begin to recommend return to sexual activity.  In addition, the surgical wound and sternum should be healed prior to this activity.  Sex and climbing 2 flights of stairs is thought to be about 4 METs.